chickens sleeping in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frizzleman74, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anyway to discourage this. I have a couple silkies that dont roost and prefer to sleep in the ground level nest boxes. The poop is making the eggs a lot dirty then necissary, and i just dont want them to continue this habit. Any suggestions? I do have laying hens so the nest boxes are in use
     
  2. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Close the nest just before they go to bed and don't open it until the next morning. After you do this for about a week, they might get the idea.
     
  3. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    would changing the bedding from shavings to straw help?
     
  4. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Changing bedding did not matter in my case. Silkies just do not like to roost. You would have to close the nests every evening (real inconvenience) and the silkies will likely sleep on the floor, or built some nests higher for regular breeds.
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  5. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies don't use their nests I built either. They make their own nest on the floor which is covered with a mixture of hay and shavings. I get clean eggs most of the time (90%). Usually they make two nests. I have five silkie hens, one rooster.
     

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